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Mac Attack: Sweet French Lessons for Beginners at Versailles

Let's face it: nobody wants to be the American in Paris who can't even take a stab at bonjour. But I know it can be hard to get motivated to learn a new language, so I've put together a sweet lesson of useful phrases, all taught by the sweetest of fluent speaking teachers--French macarons--in the sweetest of classrooms: the opulent Palace of Versailles.


What to say when those freedom-loving French ladies bare all? You tell them to reign it in. Translation: "Be Modest!"

Even though you're in a foreign country, you should never feel like you can't speak your mind. Translation: "My apartment is nicer."

If you're enjoying yourself, by all means, let it be known! Translation: "I'm the king of the world!"

Because you never know when you'll brush shoulders with greatness...Translation: "Hello Descartes. What's up?"

Now, little macaron, that's just rude! This is a family site.

Be polite, but do let your desires be known. Translation: "I'm hungry!" and response "Where's the beef?"

Of course, you should be aware that sometimes different cultures have customs which we might not understand. Translation: "The horror!"

...and of course, because we are at Versailles, let's give a little shout-out to Marie Antoinette's famous declaration. Roughly translates to "Let them eat cake!"

See? You're practically fluent already. Learning French was never so much fun--or so délicieux.

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Reader Comments (27)

J'espère qu'il y aura une série d'arts qui presentes ces macarons! (Et j'espère aussi que ma grammaire française est assez bonne pour comprendre...) Trop mignone!

March 9 | Unregistered CommenterCupK8

Love this -- les macs sont si mignons!

oh-say, ilarious-hay! (translation from Latin: "So Hilarious!")
et tres (insert accent) bien aussi

so cute! si mignon! thanks for the french lesson =)

Your little cartoons are so cute and so hilarious! I'm so jealous you get to live in France! I'd KILL for a croissant from any of the local bakeries there.

March 9 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

Je l'aime beaucoup! Je pense que tous mes leçons de français devrait être comme ça! J'ai mangé des macarons de Ladurée que mes parents m'ont apporté, ils ont été très magnifiques!

March 10 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

i love the little macaroon illustrations!! do you have them available in artwork/prints??


March 10 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Could these be cuter? NON!

March 10 | Unregistered CommenterEB

Sorry I have to be picky : it should read "le boeuf" and not "la boeuf". Else your macarons are tres tres mignons indeed :)

March 10 | Unregistered CommenterDolce

Je les adores! Mais, ca dit quoi de moi que celui j'aime le mieux c'est le mechant? :) (If that's off, I apologize, I'm rusty.) Plus des leconx, s-v-p!

March 10 | Unregistered CommenterKrystel

From a French reader: very very funny and very good French !
Mais surtout Bon appétit !!!!

March 10 | Unregistered CommenterEmilie

Ehh....... ¡Buen Provecho! Yeah Spanish's all I gots. :) This is super adorable, as usual :) :)

March 10 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Nieto

Absolutely the cutest post ever. :)

March 10 | Unregistered CommenterPink Martini

Le post, c'est magnifique! Thanks for the darling French lesson.

March 11 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I'm so jealous...are you in Paris now? Be sure to have some Punitions at the Poilane bakery for me.

Have you decided which you like better? Laduree or Herme?

March 11 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

tres jolie, oui oui. i love the drawings, AWESOME :)

March 11 | Unregistered Commenterjuliet

Cutest little macaroons ever! I absolutely adore your drawings, and the French less was handy, indeed.

March 11 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

the world would be disastrous without chocolate!

March 13 | Unregistered Commenterthepastrykook

Great illustrations! I do have to second what Dolce said, though (it's "le bœuf", masculine, and with the "œ" instead of "oe"). Also, in the illustration before that, it should be "connard" in the singular form (no "s"), since the verb before was in the second person singular, not plural.
I'm a francophone linguist, so I'm a stickler for these things. :)

March 13 | Unregistered CommenterAmélie

You had me at "Bonjour, Descartes, Çava?"

March 15 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Hi!! I like your blog and yours illustrations. And "où est la bœuf?" it's "où est LE boeuf?" for the animal (http://www.wordreference.com/fren/boeuf) or "où est la bouffe" for food (http://www.wordreference.com/fren/bouffe).

Xoxo (and excuse me for my english)

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July 11 | Unregistered Commenterashdf

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